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MP 346 to 393...

The Blue Ridge Parkway starts in Virginia and runs along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the North Carolina/Tennessee border—a glorious 469.1 mile "Appalachian Trail for cars".

This segment of the tour begins at MP 346 and continues to MP 393 (SR 191 south of Asheville). It shows the overlooks, tunnels and major signs, and some of the many plants, mostly in the sequence you would see them heading west. Each picture shows the location, the side of the road (N or S) and for many, the elevation.

Click a picture to enlarge it (and for the date it was taken, to see when the plants were in bloom*). Click your browser 'back' button to pick up where you left off in the small pictures.
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* Click bloom times for a more complete list of plants and their locations along the parkway, arranged by bloom time.
Singecat Ridge OL
MP 345.3 S, 3406'

Singecat Ridge OL
MP 345.3 S, 3406'

Monarda sp.
MP 346.9 S

Monarda sp.
MP 346.9 S

Monarda sp.
MP 346.9 N

Monarda sp.
MP 346.9 N

Clematis viorna
MP 346.9 N

Clematis viorna
MP 346.9 N

FS 482 intersection
MP 347.6, 4048'

FS 482 intersection
MP 347.6, 4048'

Forest Service Road 482 to Old Fort NC - road to the red max.
MP 347.6, 4048'

Forest Service Road 482 to Old Fort NC - road to the "red max".
MP 347.6, 4048'

R. maximum
MP 347.6 S

R. maximum
MP 347.6 S

Rhododendron maximum
MP 347.8 N

Rhododendron maximum
MP 347.8 N

Rough Ridge Tunnel
MP 349.0, 245' long

Rough Ridge Tunnel
MP 349.0, 245' long

R. maximum
MP 349.0 N

R. maximum
MP 349.0 N

Licklog Ridge OL
MP 349.2 S, 4602'

Licklog Ridge OL
MP 349.2 S, 4602'

Mt Mitchell OL
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

Mt Mitchell OL
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison)
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison)
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison)
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison)
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

R. calendulaceum
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

R. calendulaceum
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison), Lycopodium sp. (Running Pine)
MP 349.9 S, 4825'

Amianthium muscaetoxicum (Fly Poison), Lycopodium sp. (Running Pine)
MP 349.9 S, 4825'

Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed)
MP 349.9 S

Asclepias exaltata (Poke Milkweed)
MP 349.9 S

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 350.0 S

Lilium superbum (Turk's Cap Lily)
MP 350.0 S

Lichen sp.
MP 350.0 N

Lichen sp.
MP 350.0 N


MP 350.0 N


MP 350.0 N

R. maximum
MP 353.0 N

R. maximum
MP 353.0 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

R. calendulaceum
MP 349.9 N, 4825'

R. calendulaceum
MP 355.0 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 355.0 N

Black Mountain Gap
MP 355.3, 5180'

Black Mountain Gap
MP 355.3, 5180'

Ridge Junction OL
MP 355.3N, 5180'

Ridge Junction OL
MP 355.3N, 5180'

Mt Mitchell, 4.8 miles
MP 355.3 N

Mt Mitchell, 4.8 miles
MP 355.3 N

Asheville Watershed
MP 355.4

Asheville Watershed
MP 355.4

Hypericum prolificum
MP 356.6 N

Hypericum prolificum
MP 356.6 N

Hypericum prolificum
MP 356.6 N

Hypericum prolificum
MP 356.6 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 356.6 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 356.6 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 356.7 N

Saxifraga michauxii
MP 356.7 N

Oenethera sp. (Sundrops)
MP 356.7 N

Oenethera sp. (Sundrops)
MP 356.7 N

Balsam Gap OL
MP 359.8 N, 5317'

Balsam Gap OL
MP 359.8 N, 5317'

R. calendulaceum
MP 360.4 N

R. calendulaceum
MP 360.4 N

Habenaria fimbriata (Purple Fringed Orchid)
MP 360.4 N

Habenaria fimbriata (Purple Fringed Orchid)
MP 360.4 N

Habenaria fimbriata (Purple Fringed Orchid)
MP 360.4 N

Habenaria fimbriata (Purple Fringed Orchid)
MP 360.4 N

Glassmine Falls OL
MP 361.2 S, 5197'

Glassmine Falls OL
MP 361.2 S, 5197'

R. maximum, Saxifraga michauxii
MP 361.6 N

R. maximum, Saxifraga michauxii
MP 361.6 N

Cuscuta sp. (Dodder)
MP 361.6 N

Cuscuta sp. (Dodder)
MP 361.6 N

Graybeard Mtn OL
MP 363.4 S, 5592'

Graybeard Mtn OL
MP 363.4 S, 5592'

Saxifraga michauxii, Krigia montana (Dwarf Dandelion)
MP 363.4 N

Saxifraga michauxii, Krigia montana (Dwarf Dandelion)
MP 363.4 N

Craggy Dome OL
MP 364.1 N, 5640'

Craggy Dome OL
MP 364.1 N, 5640'

Balds what and why...
MP 364.1

Balds what and why...
MP 364.1

Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel
MP 364.3

Craggy Pinnacle Tunnel
MP 364.3

at Craggy Pinnacle tunnel
MP 364.3 S

at Craggy Pinnacle tunnel
MP 364.3 S

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
MP 364.4 N, 5497'

Craggy Gardens Visitor Center
MP 364.4 N, 5497'

Silene virginica (Fire Pink)
MP 365.0 N

Silene virginica (Fire Pink)
MP 365.0 N

Craggy Flats Tunnel
MP 365.0, 335' long

Craggy Flats Tunnel
MP 365.0, 335' long

Saxifraga michauxii seedling
MP 365.0 S

Saxifraga michauxii seedling
MP 365.0 S

Angelica gigas
MP 366.8 S

Angelica gigas
MP 366.8 S

Phlox sp.
MP 367.3

Phlox sp.
MP 367.3

R. calendulaceum
MP 367.3

R. calendulaceum
MP 367.3

Craggy Gardens picnic ground
MP 367.7 N

Craggy Gardens picnic ground
MP 367.7 N

Penstemon sp.
MP 370.2

Penstemon sp.
MP 370.2

R. calendulaceum (Flame Azalea)
MP 370.2

R. calendulaceum (Flame Azalea)
MP 370.2

Tradescantia sp. (Spiderwort)
MP 370.2

Tradescantia sp. (Spiderwort)
MP 370.2

Lane Pinnacle OL
MP 372.1, 3890'

Lane Pinnacle OL
MP 372.1, 3890'

Spirea sp.
MP 372.1

Spirea sp.
MP 372.1

Bull Creek Valley OL
MP 373.8 S, 3483'

Bull Creek Valley OL
MP 373.8 S, 3483'

Tanbark Ridge OL	
MP 376.7, 2782'

Tanbark Ridge OL
MP 376.7, 2782'

Coreopsis major 
MP 376.7 N

Coreopsis major
MP 376.7 N


MP 376.6 N


MP 376.6 N

Craven Gap
MP 377.4, 3132'

Craven Gap
MP 377.4, 3132'

Silene cucubalas (Bladder Campion)
MP 377.4 N

Silene cucubalas (Bladder Campion)
MP 377.4 N

Haw Creek Valley OL
MP 380.0 N, 2720'

Haw Creek Valley OL
MP 380.0 N, 2720'

Marmota monax (Groundhog)
MP 380.0 N, 2720'

Marmota monax (Groundhog)
MP 380.0 N, 2720'

Verbascum thapsus (Mullein)
MP 380.0 S, 2720'

Verbascum thapsus (Mullein)
MP 380.0 S, 2720'

Folk Art Center
MP 382.0

Folk Art Center
MP 382.0

US 70 exit
MP 382.6

US 70 exit
MP 382.6

Swannanoa River
MP 383.5

Swannanoa River
MP 383.5

US 74 exit
MP 384.7

US 74 exit
MP 384.7

SR 191 exit
MP 393.6

SR 191 exit
MP 393.6